Manchester United: Red Devils to “think about” Casemiro appeal
Manchester United will consider appealing Casemiro’s red card against Crystal Palace, according to Samuel Luckhurst for Manchester Evening News.
The Lowdown: Three-game ban
The Red Devils picked up another three points in the Premier League on Saturday, but the 30-year-old’s dismissal spoiled what otherwise was a positive afternoon for Erik ten Hag‘s side.
The Brazilian was shown his marching orders for violent conduct after an altercation with Will Hughes was watched back by referee Andre Mariner through VAR. Casemiro now looks set to miss back-to-back league games against Leeds United, along with the home clash against Leicester City.
The Latest: Appeal could be considered
Chief Manchester United reporter Luckhurst shared a story for Manchester Evening News after hearing from Ten Hag following the win on Saturday.
When it came to Casemiro, the United manager admitted that the club will “have to think about” an appeal, although he did add that the midfielder crossed the line when images are frozen.
The Verdict: Unlikely to succeed
You’d expect that United may launch an appeal due to the impact that Casemiro has made at Old Trafford, and also due to their lack of available midfield options considering a multitude of injuries.
The 30-year-old has been the club’s second-best performer in the Premier League this season, making more tackles per 90 (3.3) than any United player, as per WhoScored.
However, with VAR advising Mariner to take a closer look and the referee showing the player a red card, it seems unlikely that any appeal from the Old Trafford club would prove successful.
Should that be the case, Ten Hag will have Fred, Marcel Sabitzer and Bruno Fernandes as his only senior midfielders available, not an ideal scenario with the games coming thick and fast this month.